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Field Trip, Sunday, June 3, 2018: Salamander Run Preserve

Salamander Run Preserve, located in Morgan Township, is an excellent example of the superb conservation results that are possible through cooperative efforts of concerned organizations and individuals. Conservation efforts by Three Valley Conservation Trust, Ohio EPA and Butler MetroParks have focused on protecting the land from incompatible surface development, protecting streams and buried aquifers from excessive surface runoff, and further mitigating damage associated with the Fernald processing facility. Our guides, Joe Dumyahn, Steve Gordon and Eric Hollins, will give us an informative tour of the property and opportunities to view the Preserve’s diverse flora and fauna. The trip will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon by noon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

 

Field Trip, Sunday, September 15, 2018: Talawanda High School Natural Areas

When the new Talawanda High School was constructed, a significant natural area was set aside, creating opportunities for field work for students. This trip will give us an opportunity to visit and appreciate this remarkable preserve. Our leader will be Adriane C. Ruther, Sustainability Initiative Coordinator at Talawanda. We’ll meet at the High School at 8:30 a.m.

 

Field Trip, Sunday, October 14, 2018: Spring Valley Wildlife Area

Spring Valley Wildlife Area is situated in the gently rolling agricultural region of southwest Ohio just east of the Little Miami River. This 842-acre preserve contains a wonderful variety of habitats. Its bird list features more than 230 species. Of special note is one of the largest and most easily accessed marshes in the area. Other notable habitats include mature hardwoods, brushy hedgerows, croplands, and overgrown fields. The wetlands comprise about 150 acres and are encircled by an easily traversable trail. A boardwalk allows excellent access to the marsh without disturbing the delicate ecosystem. A map of the the preserve can be found at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/Maps/Wildlife%20Area%20Maps/PDFs/springvalley.pdf. Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead this trip, which will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

 

Field Trip, Saturday, November 10, 2018: East Fork State Park

East Fork State Park in Clermont County, at 4,870 acres, is one of Ohio’s largest state parks. Within the Park, Harsha Lake provides opportunities for water birds of all kinds. East Fork offers a great diversity of landscape including dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry while the swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. A map of the Park is at https://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/East_Fork/eastforktrailmap.pdf. The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s), arriving at the Park around 9:00 a.m., and returning to Oxford by late afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

 

Field Trip, Saturday, December 8, 2018: Brookville Lake Area

Ornithologist Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana. We’ll visit a number of good spots around Brookville Lake as well as Whitewater State Park, looking for migrating ducks, geese, gulls, sandhill cranes and other species. A map of the area can be found at http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brookville_trail.pdf. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford). Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

 

For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at jmichael@amvohio.org.

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